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It’s Not Even Christmas Yet, and Mariah Carey Already Has the Most-Streamed Song in the U.S.

It's not yet Christmas, but that hasn't stopped Carey's holiday standard from accruing 35.1 million weekly U.S. streams.

For the second holiday season in a row, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart — even with Christmas still two weeks away.

The holiday standard vaults 11-1 on the Dec. 14-dated list with 35.1 million U.S. streams earned in the week ending Dec. 5, according to Nielsen Music. That’s its second nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, which began in 2013. Previously, the song crowned the survey dated Jan. 5, 2019, which reflected the streaming tracking week that included Christmas Day 2018. Thus, this is the earliest the song has ever reached No. 1 on Streaming Songs and the first time a holiday title has done so before the season is actually over.

Its ascent to No. 1 comes via a 48% boost in streams in the tracking week ending Dec. 5. The previous week, the song had increased its streams by 35%.


Concurrently, the song spends its second week this season (and 37th week overall) atop the Holiday 100, which tracks the week’s most popular holiday songs, and bounds 18-3 on the multi-metric, all-genre Billboard Hot 100, matching the peak it achieved for the 2018 holiday season (No. 3, Jan. 5, 2019).

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is joined in the new Streaming Songs’ top 10 by Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (No. 4, 32.8 million U.S. streams, up 61%), Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (No. 7, 24.8 million, up 84%) and Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 9, 20.7 million, up 64%).

In all, 16 holiday titles reach the latest Streaming Songs list, up from six on the Dec. 7 list, out of 50 positions (to compare, the Jan. 5, 2019, ranking had 31). The latest re-entries are led by Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” which returns at No. 17 (20.6 million U.S. streams). More are likely to appear on the upcoming Dec. 21-dated survey, with Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” currently the closest to the chart threshold.


Seven of those returning holiday tracks on Streaming Songs re-enter the Hot 100, where older titles are allowed to chart if in the top half in chart points and with a meaningful reason for their return, Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” pacing the group at No. 28. One of the songs is a Hot 100 first-timer: Andy Williams’ “Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season,” which bows at No. 47, becoming his 41st entry on the Hot 100 and the second to come posthumously (he died in 2012).